Nnewts Book One Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel
This is a pretty fantastic novel contains pretty much every trope you’ve ever heard but it was wonderful, essentially reminding me that tropes become part of our narrative for a particular reason, because they are important to our understanding of ourself.
Herk is a little nnewt. His legs haven’t grown in yet, he still can’t walk. But his Dad, the nnewt magician, loving mother, little sister Sissy and the eggs (his future brothers and sisters) love him and encourage him anyway. Despite his small legs, he’s happy. One normal night his Dad goes out with his friends who discovered something unusual they found on their hunt. It was a trap, the Lizzarks have come for Nnewttown. Herk’s mother saves his life, and he flees alone. The last nnewt from Nnewtown, alone in the world. But there is more to this little nnewt then anyone realizes.
So we get to see the underdog, the smallest one becoming the hero, the loss of the parents in a tragic and revenge driving quest, the mythical quest to become stronger, adoption after the loss of the family and long lost siblings. They’re all in there but the story is beautiful. Herk is the underdog you want to win, who you want to cheer with when he succeeds and you worry about when he’s in danger. The supporting characters are sweet, strong and funny.
This book also handles the murder of so many characters in a serious way. After they die, Herk’s family become lights, walking towards their god. It’s probably the most beautiful scene in the book.
I strongly recommend this for young readers looking for a fast pace, interesting story with great illustrations and lots of good stuff to come.
Last movie I watched:
About Time. So lovely. So lovely.
Last TV episode I watched:
Love It or List it. DAMNIT HILARY I DON’T CARE THAT THERE’S A FIRE HAZARD YOU PROMISED ME A TUB